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Mansions in the Clouds : The Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth

Mansions in the Clouds : The Skyscraper Palazzi of Emery Roth



By Steven Ruttenbaum

New York: Balsam Press, 1986. Monograph on the architect, who designed many well-know New York buildings. Hardcover with dust jacket.

From Wikipedia:

Born in Sečovce (Hungarian: Gálszécs), Austria-Hungary (now Slovakia) to a Jewish family, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 13 after his family fell into poverty upon his father's death. He began his architectural apprenticeship as a draftsman in the Chicago offices of Burnham & Root, working on the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. At the Exposition Roth also designed one of his first solo projects; a pavilion that housed a chocolatier.[1] There he met Richard Morris Hunt, who was impressed with his skills and invited Roth to work in his office in New York. Following Hunt's premature death in 1895, Roth moved to the office of Ogden Codman, Jr., a designer and decorator with a Newport clientele. In the interwar years, the firm of Emery Roth delivered some of the most influential examples of architecture for apartment houses in the at-the-time fashionable beaux art-style, especially in Manhattan. In 1938, Roth included his sons Julian and Richard as partners.

Buildings designed

Building Year Location Notes
The Saxony 1899-1900 250 West 82nd Street
Hotel Belleclaire 1903 Broadway
The Adath Jeshurun of Jassy synagogue 1903 58 Rivington Street
601 West End Avenue 1915 601 West End Avenue
The First Hungarian Reformed Church 1915 East 69th Street
1000 Park Avenue[2] 1916 Park Avenue and East 84th Street
151 East 80th Street 1922 151 East 80th Street
The Whitby 1924 325 West 45th Street
The Gilford 1924 140 East 46th Street
110 West 86th Street 1924 110 West 86th Street
Chester Court[3][4] 1924 201 West 89th Street
243 West End Avenue 1925 West End Avenue (Manhattan)
Mayflower Hotel 1925 15 Central Park West demolished in 2004
221 West 82nd Street 1925 221 West 82nd Street
930 Fifth Avenue 1925 930 Fifth Avenue
Ritz Hotel Tower 1925 109 East 57th Street With Carrère and Hastings. New York's first residential skyscraper introduced terraces at the setback levels.
41 West 96th Street 1926 41 West 96th Street
65 Central Park West 1926 65 Central Park West; Lincoln Square
The Alden 1927 225 Central Park West; Upper West Side
The Oliver Cromwell 1927 12 West 72nd Street
Warwick Hotel 1927 65 West 54th Street
Hotel Benjamin 1927 125 East 50th Street
Manchester House 1928 145 West 79th Street
The Eldorado 1929–1931 Central Park West Historic District
The Beresford 1929 211 Central Park West
15 West 81st Street 1929 15 West 81st Street
300 West 23rd Street 1929 300 West 23rd Street
35 Prospect Park West 1929 Prospect Park; Brooklyn
Hotel St. George 1930 Brooklyn Heights
Hotel St. Moritz 1930 50 Central Park South
993 Fifth Avenue 1930 993 Fifth Avenue
784 Park Avenue 1930 784 Park Avenue
The San Remo 1930 145 and 146 Central Park West The first of the twin-towered residential skyscrapers.
The Ardsley 1931 320 Central Park West Roth's outstanding Art Deco residential skyscraper.
275 Central Park West 1930–1931 275 Central Park West
299 West 12th Street 1931 299 West 12th Street
140 East 28th Street 1932 140 East 28th Street
888 Grand Concourse 1937 888 Grand Concourse
880 Fifth Avenue 1948 880 Fifth Avenue 1938

2 Sutton Place South

41 West 96th Street 41 West 96th Street
310 West End Avenue 310 West End Avenue
The Normandy 1938 140 Riverside Drive Last of the twin-towered residences, and Roth's choice for his retirement apartment.
Shenandoah Apartments 10 Sheridan Square


Apartment Buildings architecture Decorating Library New York City

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